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Regulating for Decent Work

New Directions in Labour Market Regulation

  • Sangheon Lee
  • Deirdre McCann

Part of the Advances in Labour Studies book series (AILS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. New Directions in Labour Regulation Research

    1. Sangheon Lee, Deirdre McCann
      Pages 1-27
  3. Theories and Perspectives

  4. Recent Country Experiences

  5. Old Challenges, New Techniques

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 207-207
    2. Jill Rubery, Damian Grimshaw
      Pages 226-254
  6. Elements of Effective Regulation

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 365-376

About this book


Regulating for Decent Work is a response to the dominant deregulatory approaches that have shaped labour market regulation in recent years. The inter-disciplinary and international approach invigorates current debates through the identification of new challenges, subjects and perspectives.


employment employment relations innovation labor market labour law labour market methodology regulation

Editors and affiliations

  • Sangheon Lee
  • Deirdre McCann
    • 1
  1. 1.School of LawUniversity of ManchesterUK

About the editors

SANGHEON LEE Research and Policy Coordinator for Conditions of Work and Employment Programme of the International Labour Office. He specializes in analyzing and monitoring changes in wages and working conditions with a view to developing improved policy responses. Dr. Lee has written extensively on working conditions issues. His recent publications include Globalization and Changes in Employment Conditions in East Asia and the Pacific (co-editor with F. Eyraud, Chandos and ILO, 2008) andWorking Time Around the World (with D. McCann and J. Messenger, 2007, Routlegde and ILO). He is also one of the main authors of the ILO's Global Wage Report 2010/11 (2010) and a Co-ordinator of the Regulating for Decent Work Network. He holds a PhD in economics from Cambridge University.

DEIRDRE MCCANNSenior Lecturer in the School of Law at the University of Manchester, UK. Her research is in the field of labour law and policy and has a particular focus on the regulation of working conditions, precarious work, and the influence of flexibility discourses on labour market regulation. Her publications have focused on the regulation of working time, non-standard work and work/family reconciliation. They include Regulating Flexible Work (Oxford University Press 2008). She was previously a Senior Researcher at the International Labour Office in Geneva and is a co-ordinator of the international research network on Regulating for Decent Work.

Bibliographic information


'Regulating the labour market is a distortion for some, a panacea for others. This book provides the ingredients for those who wish to transcend simple positions. Drawing on empirical, inter-disciplinary and comparative perspectives, this unique collection of essays establishes the moral and economic case for regulation, identifies the circumstances that make regulation effective, and reveals the gap between 'law on the books' and 'law in action'. It is a significant resource for scholars and policy-makers who are engaged in thinking about regulation as part of a just market regime.' - Guy Mundlak, Tel-Aviv University